Like Casey James Fury, we've all wanted to get out of work early. Unlike Fury however, we've never been alleged to have set a fire onboard a nuclear-powered submarine to do so. Fury, a civilian laborer (at the time) on the USS Miami attack submarine in Kittery, Maine, "was taking medications for anxiety and depression and told investigators he set the fires so he could get out of work," according to The Associated Press' Clarke Canfield, who gleaned the information from a seven-page affidavit filed by Navy investigators in the U.S. District Court in Portland. Fury is responsible for two fires: one on board while the sub was dry docked on May 23 and one outside the vessel on June 23. The AP reports the first blaze was blamed on Fury's anxiety, and the second on this:
Fury said he set the second fire after getting anxious over a text-message exchange with an ex-girlfriend about a man she had started seeing, according to the affidavit. He wanted to leave work early, so he took some alcohol wipes and set them on fire outside the submarine.
Sure, it sounds somewhat comical, but Fury's actions cost some $400 million in damages, and as CNN reports, the alleged arsonist could face life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution.
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